February 25, 2024


Define Beauty Yourself

Beat the heat with these refreshing DIY cooling face masks

DIY when you want to indulge in some self-care but can’t bear the thought of leaving the comfort of your own home, try these DIY face mask recipes to keep your skin looking fresh and radiant this summer.

Benefits of DIY face masks

DIY face masks are all the rage these days, and for good reason! They come with a plethora of benefits that are worth exploring.

Cost-effective: DIY face masks are budget-friendly as they can be made using easily available and inexpensive ingredients.

Customizable: You can tailor DIY face masks to your skin’s unique needs and concerns. By selecting the right ingredients, you can make masks suitable for dry, oily, sensitive, or combination skin types.

Natural: DIY face masks usually contain natural ingredients that are gentler on the skin and less likely to cause irritation or allergic reactions.

Fun and relaxing: Making and applying a DIY face mask can be a fun and relaxing self-care activity that helps reduce stress and promote relaxation.

Convenient: You can make DIY face masks with ingredients commonly found in most kitchens, making it a convenient option for those who prefer to avoid store-bought products.

DIY cooling face masks for summer

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#DIY1: The Stress Relief Mask

This is your dream DIY face mask! It has all of the fantastic ingredients, such as oat powder, which absorbs excess oil, chamomile powder, which protects the skin from free radical damage, and kaolin clay, which prevents acne and absorbs excess sebum. Oat powder absorbs excess oil, turmeric brightens, yoghurt seals in moisture, and honey is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.

You’ll need:

1 tbsp oat powder
4 tbsps chamomile powder
4 tbsps kaolin clay
1 tbsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp of full-fat plain yogurt
1 tbsp of raw, unfiltered honey


Step 1: Mix all the ingredients in a blender.

Step2: Store mixture in a labelled and dated jar.

Step 3: When ready to use, scoop one spoonful of the mixture into a small bowl and activate it with 1 tbsp of full-fat plain yoghurt and 1 tbsp of raw, unfiltered honey. Stir the mixture until it reaches a creamy texture.

Step 4: Allow the mask to sit for a few minutes so that the ingredients can activate and release nutrients. If the mixture gets too thick, add a few drops of water at a time.

Step 5: Allow the mask to sit on your face for at least 15 minutes.

Step 6: Wash off with a soft cloth and warm water.

#DIY2: The Fresh Fruit Mask

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This mask will not only keep your skin fresh but also nourished and squeaky clean.

You’ll need:

5-6 pieces of cut-up papaya
1 small banana
Half a spoon of honey


Step 1: Mash the papaya and banana together until there are no lumps.

Step 2: Add honey to the paste.

Step 3: Apply it to your face and wait for it to dry.

Step 4: After it has dried, rinse it with lukewarm water.

#DIY3: The Moisturising Avocado Mask

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This is a super hydrating mask that will keep your skin looking plump even throughout the hot summer months.

You’ll need:

1/4 of a ripe avocado
1 tbsp of rolled oats or oat bran
1 tbsp of manuka or raw honey


Step 1: In a small bowl, mash 1/4 of an avocado.

Step 2: Mix in 1 tbsp of rolled oats or oat bran and 1 tbsp of manuka or raw honey. Mash and mix until all of the ingredients are fully combined.

Step 3: Apply the mask to your clean, dry face for 10 minutes.

Step 4: Rinse with lukewarm water before following up with a moisturizer.

#DIY4: The Breakfast Mask

This face mask will give your skin a healthy, natural-looking glow, and it’s gentle enough for all skin types. It has some amazing ingredients, such as egg yolks, which are high in fatty acids and can help moisturise the face, and honey, which can help cure acne. Another fantastic ingredient is olive oil, which is high in vitamins and antioxidants and has been linked to enhanced skin moisturization, anti-ageing benefits, and relief from UV damage.

You’ll need:

1 egg yolk
1 tbsp of honey
1 tbsp of olive oil
half a cup of oatmeal


Step 1: Combine half a cup of oats with 1 egg yolk, 1 tbsp of honey, and 1 tbsp of olive oil (yes, olive oil).

Step 2: Stir thoroughly before applying to your face for 15-20 minutes.

Step 3: Rinse with lukewarm water and moisturise.

#DIY5: The Honey Citrus Mask

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This honey and orange-based mask is the ideal quick remedy for brightening dull skin and giving it a lovely glow.

You’ll need:

3 tbsps of freshly squeezed orange juice
1/4th cup of honey


Step 1: Mix together 3 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice and 1/4 cup honey.

Step 2: Apply the mixture to your face lightly and leave it on for 15 minutes.

Step 3: Rinse with lukewarm water, follow with a moisturizer.

#DIY6: The Cooling Cucumber Mask

Cucumber, one of the most cooling substances available in every kitchen, will not only cool but also hydrate and rejuvenate your skin.

You’ll need:

1/2 cucumber
1 tbsp honey
Milk cream


Step 1: Grate half a cucumber and combine it with 1 tablespoon honey and milk cream (according to the consistency you desire) in a mixing bowl.

Step 2: Apply to your face and let it dry.

Step 3: After 20 minutes, rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.

#DIY7: The Cocoa Dream Hydration Mask

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This delicious, entirely edible mask has three shining stars, all of which work wonders for your face. Avocado is incredibly moisturising, cocoa is a powerful antioxidant that soothes the skin, and honey is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.

You’ll need:

1/4 of an avocado
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp honey


Step 1: Mash 1/4 of an avocado in a small basin.

Step 2: Mash and stir in 1 tbsp cocoa powder and 1 tbsp honey.

Step 3: Apply the mask on clean, dry skin for 10 minutes.

Step 4: Rinse with lukewarm water, then moisturise as per usual.

#DIY8: Watermelon Delight Mask

The DIY Watermelon and Honey Mask can hydrate and moisturise the skin due to the high water content of watermelon, while honey has antibacterial properties that can help to prevent breakouts and soothe the skin.

You’ll need:

1/2 cup fresh watermelon chunks
1 tablespoon honey


Step 1: Blend the watermelon chunks until smooth, then mix in the honey.

Step 2: Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with cold water.

#DIY9: Yummy Mango Treat Mask

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The DIY Mango and Yogurt Mask can exfoliate and brighten the skin due to the lactic acid in the yogurt, while the enzymes and vitamins in mango can help to nourish and rejuvenate the skin.

You’ll need:

1 ripe mango
1 tablespoon plain yogurt


Step 1: Peel and mash the ripe mango until smooth.

Step2: Mix in the plain yogurt and apply the mixture to your face. Step 3: Leave it on for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with cold water.

#DIY10: Green Tea Mint Refresher

The DIY Green Tea and Mint Mask can soothe the skin with its cooling effect from the mint, while the antioxidants in green tea can reduce excess oil production and prevent acne.

You’ll need:

1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves

1 tablespoon honey


Step 1: Brew the green tea and steep the mint leaves in the hot tea for a few minutes.

Step 2: Mix in the honey and allow the mixture to cool.

Step3: Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with cold water.

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